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The Best of southern Peru 15 Days

Cusco Peru

Fourteen days will provide just enough time to discover the best of Peru. You start your visit in the capital, Lima. Then we go south to the desert to see the Nasca lines. We'll keep moving to the "white city" of Arequipa and the land of the condors. On to Puno, on the shores of Titicaca Lake to explore one of the oldest cemeteries in the Altiplano. We'll take a boat to the Floating Reed Islands on Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. Finally, we arrive in the modern capital of the Inkas, Cusco, where we'll explore several archaeological ruins including Sacsayhuaman. The trip consumate with a visit through the Sacred Valley to the impressive Machupicchu for a grand, private, guided tour.

Day 1 Arrival in Lima:
Will meet you at the Lima airport and transfer to your hotel (45 minutes). Most flights arrive late in the evening.

Day 2 Lima:
We will escort you around the city to several museums, including the Archaeological museum (which houses one of the best collections of artifacts from numerous archaeological sites) and Larco Herrera Hoyle museum, and finally to the Old City of the Kings.

Day 3 Lima - Nasca:
The early bus will take us to Paracas - National Reserve Park and then to the clear, blue waters of the Ballestas Islands, teeming with wildlife including sea lions and many varieties of birds. In the afternoon we will arrive in Nasca for our overnight.

Day 4 Nasca - Arequipa:
We'll board our flight for the best view of the Nasca lines, which is from the air. Later that day we go to Chauchilla, (a pre-Inka cemetery). We take an overnight bus to Arequipa.

Day 5 Arequipa:
This is an easy day in Arequipa and after a good rest, we will tour the old monastery of Santa Catalina. Then to visit Juanita (one of the last Inka mummies found on Ampato Mountain)

Day 6 Arequipa - Puno:
Fly to Juliaca and on the way to our hotel in Puno, we will visit the tombs of Sillustany (an old Inka and pre-Inka cemetery).

Day 7 Puno - Uros Islands - Takile Island:
After an early breakfast, we board our motor boat to travel to the Floating Reed Islands (Los Uros) where we learn how totora reed is used to build liveable space and canoes. Then on to visit Takile Island, where the men are reknowned knitters. After a divine homemade luncheon and a walking tour we return to Puno by boat.

Day 8 Puno - Cusco:
Our bus follows the roadway as it rambles through the countryside with stops to explore the Pukara Museum, (pre-Inka site) Racchi (pre-Inka ruins) and Andahuaylillas (colonial church). Includes a stop for lunch offering a buffet of tempting Peruvian cuisine. 5 PM: Arrival and overnight in Cusco.

Day 9 Cusco:
We'll enjoy a walking tour of Cusco for an easy day. We'll visit La Plaza de Las Armas in the center of Cusco and museums including the Cathedral and Koricancha, the Inca Temple of the Sun. In the afternoon, you will enjoy an escorted, guided tour of the archaeological ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Quenco, Pucapucara and Tambomachay.

Day 10 Cusco - Ollantaytambo:
An early start will take us through the Sacred Valley of the Inkas, on our way to Chinchero, famous for hand-dyed and woven fabrics. We will stop in Pisac to enjoy the beautiful market and maybe do a little shopping. Maras and Moray, the salt ponds are on the itinerary for the afternoon before we arrive at our hotel in Ollantaytambo.

Day 11 Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu:
After our Peruvain buffet breakfast, you will visit the Ollantaytambo ruins, then board the train for a 2 hour ride to Agua Calientes for a quick check-in at the hotel before our final ride up to the Machu Picchu National Park. Your guide provides a private, guided sunset tour of the ruins before returning to Agua Calientes for the night.

Day 12 Agua Calientes - Cusco:
You can choose to return to the Machu Picchu ruins for further exploration or you can stay in Agua Calientes to enjoy a bath in the hot springs or do some shopping. Return to Cusco by train in the afteroon.

Day 13 Cusco:
Whether you choose to spend a relaxing day wandering around Cusco or a busy day finishing your shopping, the choice is yours. Enjoy a farewell dinner with your guide and companion.

Day 14 Cusco - Lima
After breakfast, we will take you to the airport to say farewell. You will fly one hour to Lima for your connecting flight to your next destination or your home.

Price - USD Per Person

  • Minimum group is 8 people
  • Includes all accommodations in 3* hotels
  • Includes transportation and transfers as described
  • Includes full-time, English-speaking guide
  • Includes trains, buses and boats
  • Includes private, guided tours to all the destinations as described

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